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April 8, 2022


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Working in the harsh conditions in working place and other risk factors, including wearing PPE, puts healthcare workers at risk for heat‐related illnesses.

Harsh Conditions at the Worksite

• Length of work shift: – Shorter work shifts may not be possible where PPE supplies are limited. – Shift length is also affected by the large workloads and a limited number of workers. • Limited electrical power: – Air‐conditioning and fans may not be available. • Limited access to electrolyte replacement fluids. • Other illnesses: – Contaminated food or water can result in severe vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to fluid loss and dehydration, increasing the risk of developing a heat‐related illness. • Limited or no medical oversight for healthcare workers while in the rest area. • Limited number of healthcare workers: – Only 2 days to adjust to working in a hot, humid environment before starting to work with patients.


Course Curriculum

    • Limiting Heat Burden 00:15:00
    • Objectives 00:10:00
    • Harsh Conditions at the Worksite 00:10:00
    • Monitor Temperatures 00:10:00
    • Heat Index Table 00:20:00
    • PPE 00:40:00
    • Heat Rash 00:10:00
    • Heat Cramps 00:10:00
    • Heat Syncope (Fainting) 00:10:00
    • Heat Exhaustion 00:20:00
    • Rhabdomyolysis 00:10:00
    • Heat Stroke 00:15:00
    • Recommendations for Preventing Heat-related Illness 00:10:00
    • Take Time to Acclimatize 00:10:00
    • Stay Well Hydrated 00:30:00
    • Watch for Signs 00:30:00
    • Take Time to Rest and Cool Down 00:20:00
    • Key Points 00:10:00
    • Limiting Heat Burden While Wearing PPE Test 00:45:00

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